As Michael Omi and Howard Winant argue, “hegemony operates by including its subjects, incorporating its opposition,” yet white Americans have also maintained their advantages and privileges by excluding or segregating nonwhite others.
•How has race determined inclusion, exclusion, and segregation in U.S. society?
Answer the above question by constructing a clear thesis. The thesis equals your main claim or assertion, along with supporting claims that make the overall argument compelling. To substantiate your argument and defend your position, you must engage with the required readings from weeks 6, 7, and 8. Specifically, you must balance your analysis and your voice with a mix of interwoven key quotes and paraphrasing, but you may also quote the lectures and films from weeks 6-8. To frame your analysis or provide historical context, you may also utilize earlier week’s readings and class material in addition to, but not in lieu of weeks 6-8. Do not use block quotes. Do not use any sources from outside of this class, and do not refer to current events or personal experiences.
To answer the paper question, it may be helpful to consider the following: immigration; eugenics; ethnicity and assimilation; white identity and American culture; race and politics; social, educational, and residential segregation. Try to explain why fears of race mixing and cultural contamination determined–and how racial ideology justified–the inclusion of certain groups and the exclusion or separation of others. Please also see “Paper Assignment Suggestions” on Blackboard, in the “Assignments” folder.
Technical Requirements/Formatting Directions:
Each reading quoted or paraphrased must be cited in an endnote (at the end of the body of the text, not at the bottom of each page). No parenthetical citations after sentences, and no bibliography/works cited/references page. Endnote citations must include the author’s last name, and the title and page number of the source (article or book chapter). Papers must be typed in 12-point Times font, and double-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides of each page. Papers must have a separate title page with an original paper title and subtitle, your name, and course number. Each page must be numbered except title page, and papers must be stapled.